Review of a robotoy of Sphero: we drive spheres by means of iPhone
iPhone — it not only a communication medium, a media player, an Internet tablet, the reader, the camera, the pocket game console, an organizer, but also a multipurpose remote control for household appliances, the tank, the sports car in a miniature and, in a flash, a kvadrokopter. It would seem, anything more the madman already and not to think up, on the contrary! How about iГаджета use, at all this it is not obligatory only Apple phone, the tablet too will approach, as the controler for the mechanized sphere? Yes, there is also such toy, Sphero is called. In fact, it deduces game possibilities of iPhone from the world virtual in the world real.
Vperva about the project of creation of the mechanized toy of Sphero started talking still first last year. The Orbotix company wanted to expand some game possibilities of iPhone by means of an additional accessory — a malekhanky sphere in size with a baseball ball which could be operated by means of phone. Tremendous plans of the inventor of a toy stretched up to creation of own platform which will allow foreign developers to create special applications for Sphero. In reality everything appeared slightly more prosy, but after all Orbotix could finish the accessory to reason and start a real commercial product.
Finally on counters of shops worldwide, including Russia, the milky-white sphere by a diameter of 74 mm and weight was rolled in 168 g. Outside it has a strong cover from polycarbonate, inside — certain Smart Robot so in Orbotix call the unusual technological magic.
We study and feel
Sphere pleasant to the touch, smooth and glossy. Polycarbonate — a strong material, but in a case from Sphero it is necessary to be quite usmotritelny as without considering some plastic in it is also mass of very narrow electronics, beginning from the module Blyutuz, continuing the processor, controlers, a gyroscope, the accelerometer and finishing a set of OLED light-emitting diodes. Thus, the producer does not recommend to drop a toy on a firm surface from height of pain of 15 cm and to kick it as a football.
Communication with iPhone is carried out through Blyutuz and to activate a toy, it is enough of it to stir up a little, on what the sphere will react a multi-colored luminescence. At desire color of a luminescence can be set without the aid of others through the special appendix. One thousand options. By the way, connection with Sphero is established by the machine gun at start though what appendix compatible to a toy.
Apparently according to photos, the sphere absolutely smooth and on a surface is not present any parts for connection of a cable of a food or съема a cover, extraction of a battery and its charging in a docking station. The last option would be absolutely unacceptable and inconvenient. But, fortunately, in Orbotix the clever people worrying about convenience of the user sit. For Sphero additional charge it is enough to lower a toy in the complete docking station attached to the power supply network. In other words process is carried out without wires. The toy about three hours (is light indication) then it is possible to have a good time about an hour with it is charged.
We drive spheres
Well, the accessory is full of energy, and we — enthusiasm. For Sphero already there are some appendices, including the basic with the title with the same name, used for base interaction with a sphere and speech not only about control of color of a luminescence. Such function is practically in all thematic programs. And it is concrete, Sphero allows откалибровать (to make a sphere, for example, so that the logo looked strictly up), to set speed of movement (three options in borders from копотливо and to 1st meter per second) and, practically, to operate it, at all this in several ways.
The 1st — this introduction of the virtual managing director of the panel, the machine gun being aligned and stopping a polycarbonate ball as the finger is cleaned from the screen. the 2nd way — pair of ordinary touch stacks. the 3rd, in my opinion, the most successful and intuitive — by means of iГаджета inclinations when the accelerometer is used.
Bothered simply so to drive a sphere? Then it is possible to involve a pet, whether it be a cat or small fervent "Tuzik". The huge dog is better be not to teasing, сгрызет the ball and will not see. Animals quite often very promptly react to Sphero, at the beginning will be cheerful. And the Sphero Cam appendix [iTunes link] will help to embody the coolest moments on pictures or video. It unites a control panel an accessory and the photo/chamber interface. One cliques — record of hazardous attack бобика on being shone and round in its understanding something also went.
Naturally, the robosphere will be suitable and for collective entertainments. Actually for the sake of it the toy also was developed. Why separately to "stick" in phone screen when it is possible to arrange joint competitions with introduction of the 1st or several Sphero. Better, naturally, time to behold alive, than 100 times to hear or read. I suggest to have a look at options of introduction of an accessory below:
Still it is necessary to mention such appendices as Draw & Drive [iTunes link] and Sphero Golf [iTunes link]. the 1st allows to draw a route of movement of a sphere on the iГаджета screen, and he will repeat it in the real world with this speed (three options mentioned above). It is possible to gather in mass of owners of Sphero and to organize an amusing show from several toys "dancing" on a certain scheme.
In the name of the Sphero Golf appendix its essence — game in golf is reflected, in what robosphere introduction of a real stick is
exhausted in holes with the help свайпов on the screen or a vigorous razmakhivaniye hands with clamped in their iГаджетом, imitirushchy thus.
Toy for overage children
Guys in Orbotix really managed to make very unusual toy. It bright, amusing, the 1st minutes causes wild ecstasy and is capable to tighten seriously on a two-three of hours, in particular if there is a cheerful company in addition a four-footed pet in addition.
The excellent candidate to parties with introduction of Nintendo Wii or PS3/Xbox 360 with controlers of movement and such entertainment for overage children. Whether here only the positive fuse of Sphero for a long time will suffice?
It hardly, but prospects are. At present for a toy exists to 10 the appendices, capable to brighten up some evenings, but, not including that there is also the firm SDK allowing foreign developers to create own products for Sphero. Moreover, Orbotix actively advertizes the product, though while only among developers in the USA. I hope, in coming this initiative leaves and on world level.
The price at an accessory the big. In the homeland of Sphero there are $130, in the Russian Federation — to $270.
It, by all means, a cool gift practically though to what owner of iГаджета (and the Android-smartphone, by the way, too), but exists also mass of other alternatives, about one of which we will have a talk soon. What for the candidate? It does not go for a drive on the ground and does not let out color OLED light, but smartly flies, supported in air 4 screws, and for it waited. Yes — it is Parrot AR.Drone 2.